|Gateway News: Kohl's Opens as
Seabee Returns to its Perch
Despite the difficult economic climate, progress continues at the Gateway, the first major investment (over $100 million) and construction project on Post Road in North Kingstown since the Navy pulled out of Quonset over 30 years ago. Last week's Grand Opening of Kohl's was well attended by neighbors, community leaders, and a number of the 150 people who began new jobs at the store this week. Managing Director of Quonset Development Corporation Steven J. King and Town Council President Ed Cooney were joined by State Rep. Larry Ehrhardt and Town Manager Michael Embury at the ribbon cutting ceremony. All in attendance noted the progress next door of the new Dave's Marketplace, slated to open in the spring.
Patrick Cleary of New Boston Development Partners continues his outreach to local businesses who want to be a part of the exciting Gateway location. Cleary recently attended events sponsored by the North Kingstown Chamber and the R.I. EDC to make local businesses aware of opportunities at the Gateway.
Meanwhile, the iconic Fighting Seabee statue has returned to his familiar spot on the grounds of the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park at the eastern end of the Gateway adjacent to Kohl's. The Bee had spent the summer in a nearby warehouse getting some minor repairs and a new coat of paint. Members of Quonset Davisville Navy Yacht Club (QDNYC) were instrumental in the effort to paint the Gate Bee. Among other things, QDNYC members secured the donation of the special paint from Devoe Paint Company.
New Wind Farm Manufacturing
Facility Proposed for Quonset
Deepwater Wind has been chosen by Rhode Island as the successful developer to construct a wind energy project off the shores of Rhode Island. The project is expected to provide 1.3 million megawatt hours per year of renewable energy - 15 percent of all electricity used in the state. While the ideal location for the wind farm is yet to be determined, it is expected that the Quonset Business Park will have a large role to play as the site of the regional manufacturing facility and headquarters for Deepwater Wind. The Governor's Office estimates the investment will create up to 800 direct jobs, with annual wages of $60 million.
|Quonset's Electric Boat Marks
Another Milestone ---
Laid Keel for 7th Virginia-Class Submarine
Electric Boat, one of the Quonset Business Park's largest employers, marked the keel laying for the Virginia-class submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) on September 27, 2008. Navy officials, elected officials, shipyard employees and members of the Missouri crew were on hand for the keel laying ceremony which marks the first of three milestones for the ship. The other two are christening and commissioning.
The initials of Rebecca W. Gates were welded onto a plate of steel to symbolize the authentication of the keel. Mrs. Gates, the wife of Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, is the sponsor for Missouri, the seventh Virginia-class submarine to join the fleet.
The submarine Missouri is expected to join the fleet during a commissioning ceremony in the summer of 2010.